Christian County high school anglers prepare for fishing finals

Christian County anglers prepare for High School Fishing World Finals

Give Tyler Essick and Braden Ray a warm afternoon, and they’ve got a line in the water somewhere, catching fish.

“I fish floating, I fish ponds. Me and him fish ponds a lot. Pretty much every day after school, once it got warm, I was fishing in a pond,” Essick said. “Lakes, camping, floating, ponds; we fish any time we get a chance.”

The Billings High School students will be fishing in a pretty big pond June 26-30. They’re one of four Christian County teams to qualify for The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation High School Fishing World Finals. The tournament will be held on Lake Pickwick, in Florence, Alabama.

Christian County could soon by home to some world champions.

Ozark High School’s teams of Ty Johns and Drew Morrison, and Sean McKiernan and Ryan Persson also qualified for the High School Fishing World Finals, as did Clever’s Brody Landreth and Austin Shears.

The teams qualified for the World Finals with strong finishes in the National Youth Fishing Association’s Tournament at Truman Lake April 14. Essick and Ray were 13th in that tourney. Johns and Morrison finished ninth at Truman, with McKiernan and Persson 14th. Landreth and Shears were 20th….Full Story